DIANE von FURSTENBERG first entered the fashion world in 1972 with a suitcase full of jersey dresses. Two years later, she created the wrap dress, which came to symbolize power and independence for an entire generation of women. By 1976, she had sold over a million of the dresses and was featured on the cover of Newsweek. DVF has expanded to a full collection of ready-to-wear and accessories including shoes, handbags, small leather goods, scarves and fine jewelry. The company also offers luggage, eyewear and home furnishings. DVF is now sold in over 55 countries, including 109 DVF owned and partnered stores throughout North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.
In 2005, von Furstenberg received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) for her impact on fashion, and one year later was elected the CFDA’s president, an office she continues to hold. In this significant role, she has dedicated herself to fostering emerging talent and helping to establish the Design Piracy Prohibition Act, which protects designers from counterfeit reproductions of their work.
Her commitment to empowering women is expressed not only through fashion but also philanthropy and mentorship. She sits on the board of Vital Voices, a non-governmental organization that supports female leaders and entrepreneurs around the world. In 2010, with the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, she established the DVF Awards to honor and provide grants to women who have displayed leadership, strength and courage in their commitment to their causes. In 2012, von Furstenberg was named the most powerful woman in fashion by Forbes magazine. She recently published a memoir, “The Woman I Wanted to Be.” With her corporate headquarters in New York’s Meatpacking District, von Furstenberg has long been a vocal member of the community and was actively involved in the campaign to save the historic High Line railway. von Furstenberg is married to Barry Diller. She has two children, Alexander and Tatiana, and four grandchildren. With all of her successes, she happily maintains, “Children are my greatest creation.”